• Suzie

Suzie Says...Look After Your Knees!

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be for educational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or replace professional assessment. Please seek a professional assessment before undertaking a new exercise program especially if you have any medical conditions, any previous or current injuries or other health / physical concerns. If you undertake any of the exercises within this article you do so at your own risk.

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Knees, knees, knees...we often forget about them and don't give them much thought, but we rely on them so much. Every time you walk, sit down, stand up, stop your bike, stand up on your pegs and so on, you need your knees, and you need them to work well.

Ok, so there are soooooo many knee injuries you can get from motorcycling and this is not a blog about all the different things that can happen or else I will be here for days! This is about the most common injuries sustained in motorcycling, mainly when off-road, and some good exercises that you can do on a regular basis in preparation for riding and to keep your knees strong (however it is not a specific rehab protocol for any one injury, more a preventative measure). If you have had a knee injury, especially if it's recent, you should really see a trained professional like a physiotherapist for a thorough assessment prior to taking on any new exercises.

Some Basic Knee Anatomy

So, first of all, what is the knee and what is it made up of? Well it's known as a modified hinge joint, and the most complicated and largest joint in our body. I will not go into crazy detail because there's a lot, but the main things to know are the 4 bones, 4 key ligaments and cartilage. The bones are the Femur (thigh bone), Tibia (shin bone) and Fibula (on the outside of the tibia) and your Patella (knee cap). The main ligaments are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). The cartilage rings in the knee are called meniscus and you have two in each knee; the lateral meniscus and the medial meniscus. The ends of the bones are also covered in another type of cartilage called the hyaline cartilage, which gives the bones a smooth surface, so is